Do you know about the game, “I Spy”? It is a great game to encourage your children to use your language (or at least to get your children listening to it)!
You basically describe something that you can see from where you are standing or sitting. For example, “I spy with my little eye something blue. It has a handle and I usually drink coffee from it.”
Your children then try to guess what you are speaking about. When they figure it out, either it is the next person’s turn or you can keep being the one to “spy” things. Of course, if your children choose to take turns being the one who “spys” things, encourage them to do so in your language.
For younger children, you can look right at the thing you are talking about to help them figure it out more quickly and so they won’t get completely discouraged. And it could be that they won’t want to be the one to “spy” anything. That is ok. If they are having fun listening to you describe things and enjoy trying to figure it out, then they are hearing you speak in your language and they are picking up the words that you are using.
You can do this game while walking, eating dinner, playing at the park, hanging out in the back yard. Do this today right where you are! Have fun!
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